Rahane, Binny step up for Royals in win over Hyderabad

2014-04-19 00:00

ABU DHABI — Ajinkya Rahane and Stuart Binny were lone stars as the Rajasthan Royals scored a four-wicket victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad with just three balls to spare in the 2014 Indian Premier League clash at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

Rahane and Binny were the only batsmen to score double figures as the Royals ended on 135 for six in reply to the Sunrisers’ 133 for six.

Rahane was watchful and patient as the opening right-handed batsman faced 53 deliveries for his 59 which included six boundaries. But Rahane was given a life on 10 when Aaron Finch dropped him at first slip off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-21).

Rahane and Binny (48 not out) added 77 for the fourth wicket after Dale Steyn (2-29), Kumar and Ishant Sharma (1-29) had reduced Rajasthan to 31 for three at the start of the seventh over. Abhishek Nayar (four) struck a boundary off the first ball of the chase but then Steyn got a delivery to straighten and the ball cannoned into the Nayar’s pads.

Sanju Samson (three) was caught by Shikhar Dhawan off Kumar at mid-off and Shane Watson (three) edged Sharma to Lokesh Rahul behind the stumps. The Royals were cruising to victory with Rahane and Binny at the crease but two late wickets by Amit Mishra (2-26) and one by Steyn had the butterflies going in the Rajasthan dressing room.

Mishra had Rahane caught by Finch at long-off and then Brad Hodge (one) caught by Darren Sammy on the deep mid-wicket boundary. Steyn then removed Rajat Bhatia (four), also caught by Finch, in the penultimate over.

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